Fiji ready to host top event

WEIGHTLIFTING Fiji has started to prepare for the hosting of the International Weightlifting Federation Junior Weightlifting Championship in 2019 in Fiji.

Weightlifting Fiji president AtmaMaharaj said it was a big event for Fiji to host.

“After 25 years, the championship will be hosted in the Oceania region after Australia hosted in 1993,” he said.

“It is a great achievement, but there is a lot of work which needs to be done before the championship. We had meetings with the Ministry of Youth and Sports permanent secretary Alison Burchell and executives of the Fiji National Sports Commission and the other stakeholders and the potential partners. We are getting our core group together to identify our action items from now to the end of the year.”

Weightlifting Fiji has successfully hosted the 2016 Oceania Weightlifting Championship which was the qualifying event for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, Brazil.

“The total budget would be close to $2 million for the event,” he added.

“We have to work with the International Weightlifting Federation first to draw up the host agreement and we are expecting to have a conversation with the IWF so we can get a host agreement which would define all our deliverables and only then we can start engaging with our partners.”